SEOUL Dec 29 Citigroup Inc (C.N) has injected
$800 million of new capital into its South Korean banking arm to
lift its capital ratio, Citibank Korea said on Monday.
Sixty percent of the injection will be used to issue new
shares while the remaining 40 percent will be for subordinated
debt, both to be acquired by the New York-based banking giant,
Banks across the region have been rushing to raise new
capital as the deepening economic slump is expected to snowball
bad loans and cut into profits.
"Citibank Korea is the largest Citigroup subsidiary in Asia
Pacific in terms of capital and assets, and now becomes one of
the biggest subsidiaries of Citigroup," the South Korean bank
(Reporting by Marie-France Han; Editing by Jonathan Hopfner)